By Linda N. Weller - firstname.lastname@example.org
ALTON — Aldermen agreed Wednesday to raise fees the Alton City Clerk charges for copies of birth and death certificates to match the Madison County Clerk’s prices, effective June 20.
Vote on the resolution was 6-1, with Alderman David Boulds, 7th Ward, voting no.
The prices will go up from $15 for the first copy of a birth certificate, and $5 for each additional copy of the same certificate, to $20 for the initial copy and $8 for each additional copy of the same document; and from $20 to $23 for the first copy of a death certificate, and from $5 to $8 for each copy of the same document.
During the personnel portion of the meeting, Mayor Brant Walker made his annual appointments, renaming all appointees to their current job positions except for the police chief, fire chief, corporation counselor and city attorney.
Walker said legal counsel advised he did not need to reappoint the people to those four positions. That move prevented any controversial votes by aldermen, as what happened last year. On May 13, 2015, aldermen voted to reject Walker’s reappointment of Police Chief Jason “Jake” Simmons. Walker, then, said city code allowed Simmons to remain chief until the mayor chooses to remove him. City Code says those appointees “shall continue to serve until removed by order of the mayor or until his successor shall be appointed and qualified, whichever event shall occur first.”
Wednesday, the Council voted 7-0 to approve the reappointments minus the four listed positions.
At outset of the meeting, Walker proclaimed the week of May 16-20, Marquette Catholic High School Class of 2016 week in the city of Alton. He praised the class’ years of mission work, particularly last month when members painted five homes — and prepared a sixth for coating —and the Riverview Park gazebo through Bucket Brigade. The seniors also cleaned up and mulched park grounds and volunteered at Riverbend Head Start instead of taking a mission trip.
After Walker’s presentation of the proclamation to two students and Principal Michael Slaughter, the Council voted unanimously to accept sole bid of $100, plus closing costs, from Paul Knetzer to buy the vacant lot at 708 Mechanics St.
The panel did not have any ordinances on which to vote, but did suspend procedural rules to more quickly OK resolutions. Two of the resolutions allow temporary street closures for special events — State Street between Dry and 9th streets from 3 p.m. to midnight on May 13 and 14; and Riley Avenue between Johnson Street and Della Avenue on May 28.
A third resolution sets a public hearing regarding the city vacating an alley by Joesting Avenue during the June 8 Council meeting; and to allow officials to pursue purchase of 1315-17 State St. for demolition. Cost is not to exceed $10,000.
Aldermen then unanimously approved resolutions effecting permission for the:
— City to amend its 2013 contract with Juneau Associates Inc. PC of Edwardsville to include designing and overseeing construction of the Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center building, the station platform, parking lot and roadways on the former Robert P. Wadlow Golf Course site, Golf Road and Homer Adams Parkway.
— Public works director to scrap used and discarded street signs and posts, with proceeds going into the Motor Fuel Tax Fund.
— City clerk to advertise to sell the following properties: 3100 Trumbell Ave., 600 and 620 Atwood St., on Gesche Street with no address and 1 Linnet Lane.
— Use of the city-owned, former bank building at 324 Ridge St. during a one-day film shoot.
— Continuation of the city’s electricity aggregation program plan of operation and governance, as amended. The amendment updates some statistics and increases the time from 15- to 21 days both in which the supplier would give customers time to opt out of the aggregation utility purchasing block, and for the customers to do so.
The Council also accepted six, sole bids from Cenpro Services Inc. of Madison for asbestos abatement at buildings at the following addresses: $2,850 (1141 Long Ave.); $7,800 (205 W. 7th St.); $8,600 (232 E. Elm St.); $950 (1209 Garden St.); $5,500 (1718 Market St.); and $2,800 (2308 Sunset Ave.).
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